My Farmer and Me…The new Grand Pup…

18581963_44Scooter9723812047546_8745404939788824349_nHow cute is this guy??? I am in love…

Our grand daughter Skylar asked for a puppy last winter (her birthday) ┬ábut it was decided that after the cold weather, perhaps in the spring would be a better time to get one…

Well…Meet Scooter, my new Grand Puppy! I did a video with him and Skylar, but there was too much back ground noise…next time…Beagles are the most lovable dogs around as far as I am concerned…Sweet and just, oh so perfect for one little girl with a love for animals…

What the Hell…

Willie in free stall18699978_449723825380878_6193747566974266523_nEvery farm publication I read more rumblings on over production along with calls for more cooperation between processor and producer!!!

Yes, to blow my own horn, I have always said this abundance of milk is not a YOU problem, it’s an OUR problem!!! Also, it is not a one size fits all…Each processor and it’s farms is a unique situation…not a cookie cutter copy!

Will one processor step outside the box? Is there an up and comer who will re-invent the norm? We see it in so many other walks of life… Will it start with something simple like instead os the label ‘whole milk’, mark it 3.25%…That is what it is…NOT WHOLE FAT!!!>>>So 1%, 2% and 3.25% period…

Will dairy become cool again? To someone like myself who has spent his whole life devoted to dairy, seeing it succeed is in my blood!!I want to discuss changes and solutions.

Let’s stop pointing fingers, instead how about processor and producer solve what the government has failed at? Is not the goal, now that natural, real, local, all those types factors major drivers from the consumer’s side? What are we thinking?

Is not the customer always right? What the hell, living with these dumpster milk prices roller coasting from month to month…the constant ramping up production for the world demand that may be there BUT per normal, those elephants in the room continue to rear their ugly trunks full of a strong dollar, the world milk glut and all the same old shit we’ve heard before!!!

Like the latet with Canada — here in the U.S. we can put ourselves first while in Canada they can’t… No what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, they should look out for their farmers and down here we help ours with ways to keep production in check!!!

Let’s be Real…small producers like myself will more often than not be the fat that’s trimmed…

Again I say it…size or how indebted you are to your lender…my other gripe…make interest payments with marginal milk prices and you’re a cash cow…no pun intended! It should in no way dictate true worth.

With the consumers becoming generations away from the farm, my Grandma Moses painting type- farm is an advertising gold mine…true business wealth

***Even Willie can get along with the cows…

Better Start Building Barns…

HayThe old saying goes, ‘wet May, barn full of Hay”!!Well, hot damn man, at this rate my barns are full just watching it growing, plus the week’s forecast is for more rain; them there forecasters are talking heavy downpours with gully washers later this week!

As for today (Sunday) we were dry, most likely tonight we’ll get dumped on pretty good.,.So with chances for big corn planting acres or baling any hay today turned into an overdrive day!

Starting right after breakfast, the guy showed up for his gravel! The plan was he needed two loads, so my barter plan was buy two then deliver one for me; the third one is a bonus since you always said you like keeping extra around!!!

With a flat tire on the trailer as he left with load one, discussing the barter plan never even happened. That is okay, haven’t even done the skid steer work where the bartered load was headed!..Somebody was telling me something with which my intention was to listen…

Back to the farm I went diving directly into getting the corn planter ready! First, some bearings on the discs that make the trench where the fertilizer drops into the ground needed replacing…After grinding off the rivets that keep the bearing holder and disc in place I replace the bearings which I have plenty of since it’s routine for me to keep old ones when discs are replaced when worn down to under so many inches diameter and rivets, have plenty from back in the day that sickle bar mowers were the norm…; things like this happen on a planter in use since 1980…

One grease fitting needed replacing, won’t take grease, chains oiled, some tightened, changed planter plates for the sweet corn seed I have; it’s a go…

Knowing all the rain coming this week, went over to get the area by where feed bgs were in the field opposite the freestall….

As I was almost done, Jon and Maria drove in over by the house, so tractor shut down,,,it is time to go harass my brother from another mother. After some good laughs and Maria giving me a thumbs up on the creations, THANK YOU for everything and Jon, bring back anything ┬áthat you say is broken… I’ll turn it into something else and sell it back to ya again; or even better, I’m hungry…take me out to dinner gain!!!

After they left I turned to Carol and said I’m going up to do that skid steer work I promised to a fella up the road…today is day 4 and I promised… For some reason my decision was perfect; it took only half as long as expected, so I was able to get back and finish fitting up where wanted to plant the sweet corn and did!!!

YES, got corn in yesterday, may have only been sweet corn, but can always sell it and buy grain or hay, maybe even some silage for the cows…

Just kidding…feels good when the equipment works, jobs get crossed off the promised list, along with seeing good friends; now that’s a hell of a day!!! Best part, that flat tire may have cost me selling another load of gravel but…I did’t have to change it…SWEET!!!

My Farmer and Me…The Prom Girl!

18557226_44Jayda8934205459840_2367129396503474744_nOne of the many perks of being a Grandmother, is being able to be a part of the bigger moments in the kid’s lives…when time and the farm allows me to be…

A few days ago, I was invited to join Jayda before the prom (she went with a Junior, Chris) to get some photos and just generally take in this pretty girl…I don’t generally like to have my photo taken, but made the sacrifice…then attended the Grand March at the school. Makes me feel old, as a few of the attendees were kids of some kids that went to school with my four…

So glad to be asked to go and watch…next year she will have her own prom along with grandkids Olivia and Jordan…All three at different schools, by the way…can only hope they are not all the same day…Goodness!!!

My Farmer and Me–Some can be Rough…

As with most babies, some are strong, weak, slow and quite hyper and active. This calf, Trish, is strong, hyper and very active…Loves attention as do most all of them…I guess this Grammy has more little ones to love than alot of people but I am also glad when they can drink on their own and still get the occasional rub and kisses!!!Will forever take them from the grand kids though…